Yuk. Yuk. Obama's Offensive Drone Joke

by
Rachel Weiner

From the Washington Post:

 

Everyone agrees that President
Obama was funnier than Jay Leno
at the White House Correspondents
Association dinner on Saturday night. But this joke is inspiring some
backlash:

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"Jonas Brothers are here, they're out there somewhere. Sasha
and Malia are huge fans, but boys, don't get any ideas. Two words for
you: predator drones. You will never see it coming. You think I'm
joking?"

"You have to wonder why in the world the president's speech writers
would think it was a good idea to throw a joke about predator drones
into the president's speech during the White House Correspondent's
Dinner, given that an estimated one-third of drone casualties, or
between 289 and 378, have been civilians," wrote
Adam Serwer at the American Prospect.

"Let's be honest, fellow progressives, we'd be all over Bush if he
made the same 'predator drone' joke Obama told last night," Philadelphia
Daily News' Will Bunch tweeted.

Drone attacks in Pakistan have killed
hundreds of suspected insurgents
since early 2009 -- but they have
also killed civilians and stirred
up animosity towards the U.S.
in Pakistan.

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